Ronaiah Tuiasosopo fell in love with Manti Te'o and said all his energy went into pretending to be the woman the Notre Dame linebacker came to know as Lennay Kekua. Tuiasosopo, the year-old mastermind of the elaborate hoax that embarrassed Te'o and left him looking gullible, spoke publicly for the first time in an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw for the "Dr. Phil Show," the first part of which aired Thursday. Tuiasosopo said Te'o knew nothing of the scam, and doesn't believe he ever suspected Kekua was fake.
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The bombshell exposed Wednesday by Deadspin reporters rocked the sporting world with revelations of an elaborate hoax involving Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te'o and the tragic passing of his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua. As Deadspin revealed, she never existed. In the aftermath, Te'o has claimed he was the victim of a hoax, but the bizarre tale has led some to wonder if Te'o was attempting to hide a different secret--his sexuality. On The LaVar Arrington Show, Arrington, a former NFL player, and co-host Chad Dukes referenced the possibility of Te'o being closeted as they tried to figure out what possible motivation could have led him to participate in or fall for such a hoax. Do you have a girlfriend? I don't.. Wall to wall speculation on LaVarArrington show that this is a story about football and the closet.
Congratulations are in order for hopeless romantic, imagined boyfriend and soon-to-be NFL linebacker Manti Te'o: he's finally made a sound decision. Te'o — who was of course duped into believing that he had a girlfriend and that she died of cancer when in fact "she" was actually a he — has deleted or at least suspended his Twitter account as he prepares for April's NFL Draft. Phil's session with Te'o's hoaxer Ronaiah Tuiasosopo was basically a lot of sorry explanations from Ronaiah followed by an equal number "are you for real? This is pertinent.
He said the player, Manti Te'o, was not involved in the scheme and believed he was talking to a woman. Talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw said that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo told him he fell "deeply, romantically" in love with Te'o while pretending to be a woman called Lennay Kekua. McGraw spoke on the "Today" television news show, previewing an interview he did with Mr Tuiasosopo, Since the hoax was revealed earlier this month, Te'o has said the relationship with Ms Kekua started online and eventually became serious, even though the two only talked on the phone and exchanged electronic messages, never meeting in person.